Celebrating the California State Flower on Poppy Day

Eschscholzia californica

“In 1817, when the Rurik ended up in the San Francisco Bay area, the ship’s botanist Adelbert von Chamisso (“Sha-ME-So”) discovered the California poppy, which he named Eschscholzia californica after his friend Johanns Friedrich Von Eschscholz.” Every year since 2010, April 6th is California Poppy Day, celebrating the California State Flower. Poppy Day is celebrated…

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Celebrating Plant Explorer Frank Kingdon Ward: An Intrepid Explorer Who Brought Beauty Home

Frank Kingdon-Ward, 1942

“During the beginning of the twentieth century, Frank Kingdon-Ward went on twenty-four Indiana-Jones-like expeditions throughout Tibet, China, and Southeast Asia in search of rare and elusive species of plants. Among his many accomplishments, Frank found the legendary Tibetan blue poppy.” November 6, 1885 On this day, Frank Kingdon-Ward, English botanist, explorer, plant collector, and author,…

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